Title: The Sky Blues
Author: Robbie Couch
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Young Adult Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA+
Sky Baker may be openly gay, but in his small, insular town, making sure he was invisible has always been easier than being himself. Determined not to let anything ruin his senior year, Sky decides to make a splash at his high school’s annual beach bum party by asking his crush, Ali, to prom—and he has thirty days to do it.
What better way to start living loud and proud than by pulling off the gayest promposal Rock Ledge, Michigan, has ever seen?
Then, Sky’s plans are leaked by an anonymous hacker in a deeply homophobic e-blast that quickly goes viral. He’s fully prepared to drop out and skip town altogether—until his classmates give him a reason to fight back by turning his thirty-day promposal countdown into a school-wide hunt to expose the e-blast perpetrator.
But what happens at the end of the thirty days? Will Sky get to keep his hard-won visibility? Or will his small-town blues stop him from being his true self?
The Sky Blues is a wonderful story that shows that Queer Children don’t have to have a tragic highschool experience. It’s a book that beautifully portrays finding that people you never would’ve imagined have always had your back.
Sky is a very likeable main character though is was quite oblivious and had me suffering from secondhand embarrassment frequently (even when he wasn’t embarrassed- cause he was clueless) and the friendships in this book were really enjoyable to read about, both the friendship between Sky and his best friends as well as the friendship with the people who were on Sky’s side when his promposal plans were revealed.
The way Sky gradually realised the the school population and most of the people he though were against his “gayness” were on his side. How he realised he was not alone. A lot of Sky’s character development is shown when he realises that people accepted him a long time ago. His friends parents were not homophobic or uncomfortable with his sexuality, in fact they were ready to bat for him and go against any one who hurt him. He didn’t have to tone down his “gayness” for one of his friends and he realised his friend Marshall was also toning down how much of his behaviour was to try and lessen the racial injustices he would face.
The Sky Blues is all in all a feel good story, that touches on some hard topics without making it seem like only suffering will come for those who fall outside whatever biased world deems “normal” or “right”
Robbie Couch is the author of the young adult romantic-comedy novel, The Sky Blues. His work has been published in HuffPost, Upworthy, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other outlets. Originally from small-town Michigan, Robbie now lives in Los Angeles, where he remains in constant fear of aggressive birds and on the prowl for his next bowl of noodles.
Up for grabs we have ONE (1) physical copy and ONE (1) digital copy of The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch! This giveaway will be open from April 5th to April 12th at 11:59 PM CST. The digital copy will be available to INTL only, and the physical copy will be available to US only.
Ian Alexander as Dan
Sadie Sink as Bree
Benjamin Flores Jr as Marshall
Karan Brar as Ali
Isabelle Fuhrman as Winter
Owen Joyner as Teddy
Noah Galvin as Sky
Nicoline Melbye Andreassen as Ainsley
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